Facial recognition software used to bar problem gamblers

New Zealand casinos are expanding the use of facial recognition technology to prevent self-identitfied problem gamblers from entering certain venues, reports Gaming Today.

The system monitors people entering casinos and checks their face against a voluntary photo database of problem gamblers who have requested to be barred from specific venues. Staff are alerted to check the person’s ID when the system finds a match.

According to Gaming Today 15 venues are currently using the facial recognition technology and six others are scheduled to deploy the system soon. The report says the system costs about the same as a new gaming machine, approximately $13,500 to $20,000 U.S.

Previously reported, Japan’s government is looking at implementing biometric identification technology for locals wanting to enter proposed casino resorts.

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